Feb 2, 2009
In early December, I read on a lot of garden blogs that January is the month to start Perennials in the greenhouse, to get them off to a good start. Along with some other things, I decided to start a few and see how it goes.
We have had a weird winter and keeping the greenhouse at a temperature that is acceptable at night has been a bit of a challenge. Some days there was sun, a lot more than we usually see this time of year, but as soon as 3pm hit the temps dropped quickly. Going back and forth opening the door, then closing it and turning the little heater on has been a chore, but it will be worth it- I have learned a lot this year and I’m using the greenhouse more and more every year.
My goal for the near future is to use natural resources to heat it- go totally solar. I have found a lot of great ideas online that will work for a small greenhouse and plan to put those ideas into action before fall hits- assuming I still have the greenhouse up, that is. For now, we’ll see if I can get everything through the rest of winter and what might be a cold spring, for all I know :).
Last month, I started some lettuce and some Mizuna. This is the first year I’ve tried Mizuna, so I’ll be sure to let you know if we like it. All these will go into the cold frame when they are a little bigger. They were started in micro soil blocks- but I learned quickly that Mizuna needs to be started in the 2” soil blocks because it germinates and grows very fast! I started the following greens to go into the cold frame.
Lettuce- ‘Salad Bowl Blend’, ‘Red Star’, and a new variety ‘Breen’.
Here they are after moving them up to the 2” soil blocks.
I used a lot more compost to make these blocks than they had in the micro size and they will stay in the 2” until they are bigger and can go into the cold frame.
*Note: These pictures zoom on mouse over :).
Below are a few flowers I started.
Flax- Blue: started 1/14 and moved to 2” soil block on 1/26.
Nemophelia- ‘Baby Blue Eyes’: started 1/14 to 2” block on 1/27 (I only got one :(
Shasta Daisy- ‘Little Princess’: Started on 1/16, moved to 2” pots on 1/27.
Hollyhock- Annual ‘Indian Spring Mix’: Started in 2” soil blocks (large seeds) on 1/16, moved to 4” pot on 1/27. (only 4 germinated)
Lobelia- Annual ‘White Lady’: Started 1/19- these are still really tiny, so they’ll stay in the micro soil blocks for a while.
Lobelia- ‘Trailing Sapphire’: Started 1/19- same as above.
Forget-Me-Not- pink variety: Biennial started on 1/14, to 2” block on 1/28.
Here is the Lobelia seedlings and behind it us a Holyhock. The Lobelia are really tiny- I hope you can see them!
I plan to start more, but I’m afraid of running out of room. Hopefully I can hold things off in the 2” size block or they will have to go to the 4”, which will take up more room! With the temps being so low, growth will be slower.
I will slowly wean them off of artificial light on a daily basis, and will be starting some more soon as time and space allow :)
This week I really need to start more greens that will be ready to plop in the cold frame when the ones I have now, which are almost ready to go in, have been harvested. For now I’m just waiting, patiently (ha, ha), until spring!